TCU braves snow, beats BYU in 2 games

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    By CLAIRISSA PETT

    The BYU baseball team wasn’t exactly disappointed that game three of its series with Texas Christian University had to be cancelled this weekend. It could even be said that the inclement weather did the Cougars a favor by keeping them from having to endure any more heartache.

    TCU, the WAC’s first-place team, proved too much for BYU, which fell 16-7 and 9-6 in two games at Cougar Field.

    The series was originally scheduled to be a three-game stint that extended Thursday through Saturday. But heavy snow fall postponed the first game until Friday and pushed back the first pitch of Saturday’s scheduled doubleheader to 1 p.m. TCU’s early flight plans then changed the back-to-back contests into just one.

    BYU coach Gary Pullins said the weather may have affected the Cougars mentally — an aspect in which nature didn’t help them.

    “It’s an interesting thing when you’re battling the weather,” he said. “I talked to our ball club an hour before the game, but that didn’t help. TCU knew they had to play in this weather and they came out more prepared.”

    After the grounds crew spent hours clearing snow off the field, BYU remained cold, giving up 16 runs on 16 hits. The Cougars would only lead twice — 1-0 in the first and 4-3 in the fourth. The last lead came when first baseman Ryan Pond looped a double down the left-field line to score Shane Belliston.

    But the Frogs answered back with a four-run fifth inning that included a pair of two-run home runs from All-American Royce Huffman and catcher Mark Silva. Unfortunately for BYU, it didn’t end there. TCU added nine more runs in the seventh, including a grand slam and four walks.

    “TCU just showed us why they are first in the WAC,” Pullins said. “They pitched it well and had clutch hitting when they needed it.”

    BYU’s usual big bats were silenced in both games by TCU’s pitching staff.

    Cougar Notes: Before sweeping the Cougars, TCU won its last six of eight contests by a two-run average. But Friday’s 16-7 victory wasn’t a complete thrashing by the Frog’s standards. They beat Arlington last month 23-5.

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